Thursday, April 2, 2015
Much of what we see around us we really don't "see." Our brains store stock images that we use instead of looking at what is really there, we substitute a stock image of the subject and move on to the next impression. This is especially true of fast moving subjects. The camera takes an instant in the movement of the water and magnifies the forms. If you were standing there looking at this small waterfall, you would not see anything more than your brain's interpretation of the movement into a blurred sense. It is this quality of photography that fascinates me the most. The ability to create an image that reveals something fundamental about our world that cannot be seen without the instantaneous ability of the camera to stop the moving world and focus in on the parts that are not moving. In this regard, I am not a fan of the new way of showing motion in water, where the image is blurred. It may be more "realistic" in one sense, but it loses the essence of the image experience.